Life

There is nothing that makes you more anxious than being rich

4 August 2018 9:00 am

H.L. Mencken once said that a rich man is anyone who earns more than his wife’s sister’s husband. The anthropologist…

Dear Mary: Help! My husband won’t wash his hands after going to the loo

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Q. My husband doesn’t wash his hands after spending a penny and he doesn’t wash his hands after ‘spending tuppence’,…

The pleasures of mindful drinking

4 August 2018 9:00 am

When I was at school, some time before the last ice age, the final day of term was a quasi-holiday.…

Signage

4 August 2018 9:00 am

My husband, in company with a similarly superannuated medic on the unfamiliar London Underground, was bidden at Baker Street to…

The books and novelists I have read

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Reading is the best antidote to debauchery I know of, and I’ve been hitting the books lately. History mostly. Once…

At 62, I’m looking for a hole in a rock

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Towering above this medieval French village is dun-coloured cliff of volcanic rock, dramatically floodlit at night, topped by two ancient…

Stefano is a tonic, and I love him

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Stefano came back to paint the front of the house. I have never been so pleased to see his red…

Wild life

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Maasai Mara   Last night the hyenas made off with our fudge cake. We are camped with a group of…

Bridge

28 July 2018 9:00 am

It’s hard to explain to non-bridge players just how all-consuming this game is. For those of us who move in…

Fiend from Hull

28 July 2018 9:00 am

This year’s British Championship commences today in Hull. Among a powerful field, which includes Michael Adams and defending champion Gawain…

no. 516

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Brown-Adams, British Championship, Bournemouth 2016. Black has various ways to force mate but…

Tourist misinformation

28 July 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3058 you were invited to supply snippets of mischievously/sadistically misleading advice for foreign tourists visiting Britain, or…

2369: Prodigious

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Each of ten clues contains a misprinted letter in the definition part. Corrections of misprints spell a word which can…

to 2366: The square

28 July 2018 9:00 am

THE RUSSIA HOUSE, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and A MURDER OF QUALITY are novels by JOHN (41) LE CARRÉ, whose…

War and monsters: my new favourite author

28 July 2018 9:00 am

If you’re looking for a good beach read this summer, look no further. A few weeks ago I was reading…

The battle for Britain

28 July 2018 9:00 am

A friendly purr from a fallible Tiger Woods

28 July 2018 9:00 am

So in the end it was a fallible Tiger that won all hearts at the Open, not the glowering, red-shirted…

Dear Mary: How can we make an ungrateful relative acknowledge a £500 cheque?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Q. My wife’s much younger sister is lazy and impossible. She forgets birthdays, is invariably late, lets people down and…

The parking is better than the food: Nando’s reviewed

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Nando’s, c. 1987, is a restaurant in the Great North Leisure Park, Finchley, N12, off the North Circular, which is my…

Mind your language: County lines

28 July 2018 9:00 am

We are suddenly all expected to know that county lines are to do with the selling of illegal drugs in…

Watch out, London: I might be moving back

21 July 2018 9:00 am

New York I am seriously thinking of moving back to London. The family insists on it. New York, they say,…

Portrait of a seven-year-old state-run child

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Saturday morning. Quarter to 12. Sit-down fish and chips at the Silver Grill: me, Oscar and Oscar’s cousin Atticus. Atticus…

It was either new carpets – or happy dogs

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Instead of carpeting the upstairs of the house, I had grass fragments removed from the dogs’ ears. I can’t say…

The man who rode 2,300 winners

21 July 2018 9:00 am

For Coleridge, ‘…the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind…

Bridge

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Last Friday, merrily on my way to Young Chelsea (still the best IMPs duplicate in town), I couldn’t know that…